UNRWA opens new educational facilities in Khan Dannoun, Damascus
UNRWA inaugurated a new school building to house Ariha and Beit Lahya Schools and a music centre in Khan Dannoun Camp today.
The school building sits on land provided by a private Palestinian donor and it was built and equipped with funding from the Government of Germany. Owing to an ongoing shortage of facilities, the structure houses two of UNRWA's 119 schools in Syria, and will provide basic education for 1,000 students.
The music centre in the facility extends the Agency's partnership with the Dutch NGO Music in Me, which is now supporting musical education for refugee children in five camps throughout Syria.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd, thanking donors and partners, announced: "Today we witness how creative partnership between private citizens, host governments, the donor community and UNRWA can produce positive, tangible results."
The ceremony included a musical performance by the children of Yarmouk Camp's Nimreen Music Centre and the planting of olive trees.
UNRWA is a humanitarian and human development agency providing education, health care, social services, micro-credit support to over 4 million registered refugees living in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. In Syria, the Agency provides assistance to over 450,000 refugees.
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